What to do in May 2017 in Paris, when visiting the city of lights (away from the crowds and tour guides)? What do locals do exactly? Here are a few tips, based on your mood…
All our favorite exhibitions of the month are listed here!
The Festiwall: A street art festival by the canal de l’Ourcq and Canal Saint-Denis on May 20th and 21st Event here!
Monumenta, from May 30th to July 8th
Like every year since 2007 at the Grand Palais, Monumenta is a unique exhibition of gigantic pieces of modern and contemporary art. After Daniel Buren, Anish Kapoor, Anselm Kiefer, Christian Boltanski, Huang Yong Ping, this year welcomes Anselm Kiefer!
On Sunday May 8th, like every first Sunday of the month, most museums are open and free! Read our full article here.
12th European Night of the Museums, on May 20th: #NDM17 All museums open their doors for free from sundown to midnight! Missing this special night? Check out the nocturnal openings of Paris museums to avoid the crowds.
Discover & Drink
The Paris Beer Week, from 5th to 13th: One week to celevrate artisanal beer in Paris: local breweries, beer bars and stores open their doors and host special event all week long. Read our article
Taste of Paris, the foodie festival, on May 21st, at the Grand Palais!
Fête de la Nature: Discover Paris Nature and environnment from May 18th to May 22nd with 33 events. Check them out here. Head to the Jardin des Plantes for example for a guided visit on May 21st and 22nd.
The Festival Jazz in Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris: Your jazzy date Left Bank in May from May 19th to May 31st. Read more here.
On May 1st, small street vendors everywhere in Paris sell lillies of the valley to offer to your loved one. It’s a tradition and the cute white flowers are all over town.
Reopening of La Clairière, your outdoor nightclub in the woods!
The Brocantes you need to walk by, to hunt for vintage souvenirs: The entire program here.
Don’t miss this famous vintage sale in the Bastille district on May 22nd: Grande Braderie et Vide-grenier 2016 de Carré Bastille. A very typical and festive Sunday in East Paris with the locals.
Paris Rives de Seine, your 10-hectare park on the river banks
BBQ Tuesdays at Auteuil Brasserie, on the rooftop, in West Paris, on Tuesday May 17th. More here.
Where: Paris, France